German

German

You will develop your German language ability by practising listening, speaking, reading and writing. You will improve your knowledge of vocabulary and grammar and become more confident in using your German, while learning more about the German speaking world. Assessment is by externally assessed oral and written examinations, with listening, reading, grammar translation tasks and essays.

  • Course Type School Leaver
  • Subject Area Languages
  • Qualification A Level 🧩
  • Study Mode: Full Time Only
  • Course Level Level 3
  • Course Length 2 years
100% Pass rate in 2019
Overview

You will develop your German language ability throughout the course by practising the four skills – listening, speaking, reading and writing. You will improve your knowledge of vocabulary and grammar and become more confident in using your German, while learning more about the German-speaking world.

This course is ideal if you are interested in German culture, history, literature and politics and passionate about communication (using vocabulary to express yourself) and learning how language works (finding out about and using grammar).

Assessment is by externally assessed oral and written examinations, with listening, reading, grammar translation tasks and essays.

What topics will I study?

In year 1 of your course you will:

Learn vocabulary and grammar by exploring the themes “being a young person in German-speaking society” and “understanding the German-speaking world”. In more detail this means: family structures, traditional and modern values, friendships, relationships and citizenship. We will look at youth trends, issues and personal identity and how these may be different in the UK and German speaking countries. We will look at educational and employment opportunities in German speaking countries. We will learn about regional culture and heritage in German speaking countries and communities and look at Germany, Austria and Switzerland in a European context. We will explore literature, art, film and music in the German-speaking world.

In year 2 of your course you will:

Deepen your knowledge by exploring the themes of “diversity and difference” and “the making of modern Germany: 1989 onwards”. In more detail this means that we will look at migration and integration, cultural identity and marginalisation, cultural enrichment and celebrating difference, discrimination and diversity as well as learning about the process of German reunification, social cohesion in present-day Germany, artistic and political movements and the economic impact of a united Germany.

You will:

  • Learn to discuss, debate and express your views on the themes we will be exploring
  • Watch German films and read German literature
  • Have opportunities to access German workshops, tutorials and online materials outside classroom time
  • Have the opportunity to travel to Germany
  • Have access to native speakers and guest speakers
  • Research an area of particular interest in an independent project

What can I study alongside this course?

This course goes well with BTEC or A Level Business, A Level Music, Art and Design, Film and Video, English Language, English Literature, Maths and all Sciences, Economics, Geography, Geology, and if you are a linguist, another language A Level.

Next steps: 

You could progress to study at university or find a job where you can use your language skills, which are in good demand.

Entry Requirements

Standard entry requirements: Eight GCSEs at grade 4 or above (including English Language and Maths).

Subject specific entry requirements or recommendations: Grade 6 or above in GCSE German. Other experience in German may be taken into account.

Facilities

We normally offer practice with a German Language Assistant alongside class work. In our weekly IT suite session, we focus mainly on listening and research skills. A wide range of electronic and paper-based resources enable students to work independently. You will also have access to several Learning Resource Centres, and there is a refectory in the Hele Building and in other areas of the college.

Additional Costs

There are some costs of materials and resources, for an indication of what these might be please click to view the fees for September 2018.

This further education course is free for all 16-18 year olds who are resident in the UK and the European Economic Area for the last 3 years. (You must be under 19 on 31st August in the calendar year that you start your course). For any fee-related queries or further information, please contact the Advice and Recruitment Team on 01392 400444.

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